Alfredsson sparks Sens to big win
Ottawa tops Phoenix 6-3
On Friday night the Ottawa faithful returned to yell their favourite chant with Daniel Alfredsson making his return from knee surgery. Alfredsson missed only seven days and one game instead of the 14 days the doctor predicted. He also had two assists in his return with some really strong plays.
The Ottawa Senators had a pretty light schedule this week with only one game in the last seven days. With all this practice you think the players would get frustrated but not according to coach Craig Hartsburg.
“I think we had a great practice” he said. Hartsburg and his Sens came out of the gate flying Friday night leading 3-0 after the first period. Ruutu was the first to find the back of the cage with a high snapshot that found its way just under the crossbar. That goal put Ottawa up 1-0 but not for long as Alfredsson sent Spezza in on a breakaway where he made a pretty move drawing Bryzgalov out of the net before firing in the net. The Senators would go on to add another one before the end of the frame with Dany Heatley scoring on a one timer from a Daniel Alfredsson pass.
In the second the Senators continued their domination but only were able to put the puck in once which came on a rebound goal by shot blocker Anton Volchenkov. This was just his 11 th goal in six NHL seasons; now that’s a sniper (just kidding).
Backed by a strong pep talk from Coach Wayne Gretzky, the Coyotes came out flying to open the third with Shane Doan finally getting his team on the scoreboard. Too bad for the Coyotes because just two minutes later Jarkko Ruutu got the goal back with a wrist shot right over Bryzgalov’s glove. Phoenix didn’t get discouraged though responding with two goals from two of their young guns, Enver Lisin and Mikkel Boedker.
Until the final buzzer the Coyotes fought hard but they couldn’t erase the deficit from the 1 st period with the final score being 6-3.The Senators were lucky to get out of this one with two points after a slew of sloppy plays and turnovers. Coach Hartsburg was happy with the first two periods but unhappy with the team’s third period.
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"We had four lines doing the same things," he said after the game. "We had lots of jump. In the third we allowed them to set the tempo and set the pace. We hadn't played in a week so I was happy with the way we played."
Next up for Ottawa will be the Boston Bruins who are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
By Tanner Markell
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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